SPRINGFIELD Ill. The Illinois Senate has approved a smoking ban in public places and sent it to the House, where its fate is not known. The senators passed the measure 34-23. If the bill passes in the House and gets Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s signature, Illinois would become the 17th state to have a statewide ban. Some 43 Illinois municipalities have their own bans in place, which would override stipulations of a state ban. Chicago’s ban is slated to become effective next year.

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